Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Daily 5 Working with Words

One of my favorite times of the day is Daily 5. Before this year I dreaded this time of year because centers became boring and behaviors became problematic. The Daily 5 has changed this so much for me. I really was afraid that the items would seem mundane after a while but that has not been the case. So this post is going to show you a few of my favorites for Working with Words. I do a lot of the traditional word study activities and wanted to share my class' favorites.

Here is where we store the Working with Words Activities.  I scored this wonderful drawer set at a thrift shop for $7!! :)

I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it! I used tacky glue and scrap book letters to create an interesting way to spell spelling words. The kids do like this one quite a bit.

The play doh letters were not that great for my kids but I did find this worked as an alternative. I bought some stampers at Target back in the summer at the dollar spot. Don't you love Target? Anyway, they make great indentions into the play doh and the kids love to use them. 

Here is a close up of the stampers. These were only a buck! I bought several sets so we use them with ink pads and with play doh.

Bead spelling is always popular!

I found this little tiny storage container in the craft section. It's double sided so there are plenty of beads in it. The stickers on the sides help the kids not have to search and search for beads.

Boggle is the favorite in my class because I do offer rewards for a full sheet of words.

I found these round Scrabble tiles online. The kids love to do a little math with their spelling.

This is another favorite. It's just popsicle sticks poked into Play Doh so they will stand. On the sticks there are foam craft letters. They have held up all year with only one casualty.

You can barely see the container but it has stickers on it for easy organization. 

 Hope this gives you a few ideas of some things to do in your room. We love learning about words and these activities have helped keep my kids calm AND engaged. I love Daily 5, don't you?



  1. Thanks so much for sharing! I found you via Pinterest - I hope you will check out my blog as well! :) I'm your newest follower!

    :) Chrissy
    Adventures in Second Grade

  2. Found your site on Pinterest. What did you glue the letters onto in the one photo? They look like some type of colored jewels. Also like the stamping into playdough. All easy great ideas that can be used for any words. I am just beginning Daily 5 seriously this year.

  3. This is perfect!! I was in a rut with my word works for my second grader. Thanks!